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GoN’s handling of an ‘alleged bogus teacher’ case unacceptable: HC

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DIMAPUR, JUNE 26: Terming Nagaland Government’s handling of a case involving an ‘alleged bogus teacher’ as unacceptable, the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has ordered the Government Advocate to file an affidavit explaining the steps taken on the basis of an Enquiry Report submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption (now Lokayukta Nagaland).
“After hearing the matter for some time, this Court finds that the manner in which the matter has been taken up by State respondents is unacceptable. Admit this writ petition for Hearing after three weeks.
“In the meantime, learned Senior Government Advocate is directed to file affidavit bringing on record what steps have been taken on the basis of the Enquiry Report submitted by the Special Investigation Team, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Kohima, Nagaland”, stated an order issued by Justice Kardak Ete on Monday.
According to Court records, the petition was filed in 2020 by Temsumeren Ao, a Hindi Teacher at Government Middle School, Longkei, in Mon District.
“By filing this application under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, the petitioner projects that he has been serving as a Hindi Teacher on ad hoc basis against a regular sanctioned post for more than 15 years and he has received his salary up to the month of June, 2019 and since the month of July, 2019, he has not been paid his salary despite service rendered in his school.
“It is projected that the petitioner had submitted his representation before the Committee and the authority and the respondent No. 3 (Director), School Education & SCERT in his letter dated September 21, 2019 rejected the said representation. Accordingly, the petitioner prays for regular his service”, stated a Court document.
On March 27 this year, the Government Advocate submitted that as per the SIT’s final report of bogus appointment of teachers dated July 7, 2011, the appointment order of the petitioner was bogus.
Accordingly, the Counsel submitted that basing on said SIT report the Government had passed an order on October 29, 2020 “not to extend the service of the petitioner and to stop the payment of salaries of the petitioner”.
Back then, the Court had ruled: “The Final Report dated July 7, 2011 relied upon by the Department for passing the impugned order dated October 29, 2020 has, however, not been enclosed by the Government in its affidavit. This Court would like to peruse the said Final Report dated July 7, 2011.
“The learned Senior Government Advocate is accordingly directed to file an affidavit enclosing the copy of the Final Report dated July 7, 2011, submitted by the Special Investigation Team, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Kohima, Nagaland”.
When the matter was heard again on May 22 this year, the Court noted that an affidavit claiming to be in compliance with its order had been filed on behalf of the State respondents wherein they had submitted that the original Final Report dated July 7, 2011 will be placed before the Court “as and when the matter is taken up for hearing”.
“This Court finds that the affidavit dated April 10, 2023 filed by the respondent Nos. 1 to 6 (School Education officials) does not comply with the order passed by this Court on March 27, 2023. The learned Sr. Government Advocate is accordingly directed to file a proper affidavit enclosing the copy of the Final Report dated July 7, 2011 as ordered by this Court”, it had ruled then.
(Page News Service)

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